Rabbi Aharon Kotler, 1891–1962. 16×20 Acrylic on canvas


Each original artwork starts with a subject idea that is meaningful for me personally, followed by daydreaming and a sketch. I painstakingly work on each piece, whether it be for three weeks or more, until each and every detail is right. I use the highest quality paints and cover the painting with a varnish so that it will not crack nor yellow. The canvas is top-grade and hand woven in India, and finished with three coats of primer. The stretcher bars are made of solid wood and are treated to be warp-proof. These pieces are made to last.


Rabbi Aharon Kotler, 1891–1962. 16×20 Acrylic on canvas

Rabbi Aharon Kotler began as a prominent leader of Orthodox Judaism in Lithuania
(he studied under the Alter of Slabodka), but he is most known for his enormous impact
on American Jewry of the mid 20th century. In 1941 he arrived in the US with the aim
of expanding Torah learning and observance. Some claim that his motivation was to
preserve the Yeshivot learning and culture that was being destroyed by Hitler. In 1943
he opened his yeshiva Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, New Jersey, chiefly to be
away from the city. His unceasing efforts resulted in a buoying up of American Jewish
Orthodoxy and the Jewish spirit that was then in need of help. His students talked of a
profound sense of awe whilst in his presence. His legacy lives on.


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